Plant Physiology welcomes 16 new Assistant Features Editors

At the beginning of 2018, Plant Physiology initiated a program to introduce several promising early-career scientists to the editorial board and engage their expertise in assessing and writing about research published in the journal. Over the past three years, these scientists brought their passion for science to the journal, communicating to our readers each month some of the most exciting advances in research. The Assistant Features Editors have added substantially to the plant science community and to the journal. Their contributions have expanded our content through commentaries, blog posts, and related material highlighting content of special interest in Plant Physiology. They have gained professionally as well and will build on their experience with the journal. Fourteen Assistant Features Editors stepped down from the editorial board this past month, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their service. Twenty four who were appointed at the beginning of 2020 will remain on the board this year.

We now welcome 16 new Assistant Features Editors who join the Plant Physiology editorial board In January 2021 and will work alongside our seasoned crew. We, too, have learned much from working with the Assistant Features Editors these past three years. Among other changes, we have honed the way we support their work in writing commentaries and have streamlined their handling through the journal online submission system. Additionally, in response to feedback from the first cohort, we are developing ways of formalizing some aspects of their training and are building a mentoring program for the Assistant Features Editors.

So, welcome! We are thrilled to see both the new and returning Assistant Features Editors with us. We want, also, to add our special thanks to the ASPB and the ASPB Publications Committee for supporting this initiative.


Zaki Ahmad (Royal Holloway, United Kingdom)

Bernarda Calla (University of Illinois, United States)

Igor Cesarino (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Sarah Courbier (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)

Maryam Foroozani (Emory University, United States)

Sergio Galindo-Trigo (University of Oslo, Norway)

Rachel Kerwin (Michigan State University, United States)

Mateusz Majda (John Innes Centre, United Kingdom)

Eva Maleckova (Heinrich Heine University, Germany)

Alex Mason (University of California, United States)

Don Nguyen (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Jathish Ponnu (University of Cologne, Germany)

Priya Ramakrishna (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Danielle Roodt (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Frej Tulin (Carnegie Institution, United States)

Peng Wang (University of Berlin, Germany)

The new Assistant Features Editors are joining a subset of those who started in January of 2020, listed below, who will stay on for one more year to continue writing News and Views, help with the transition, and mentor the new Assistant Features Editors.

Sam Amsbury (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)

Martin Balcerowicz (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Marcelo Campos (Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil)

Guillaume Charrier (INRA Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France)

Charles Copeland (Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany)

Mehran Dastmalchi (McGill University, Canada)

Elisa Dell’Aglio (French Institute of Applied Research, Lyon, France),

David Favero (RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan)

Kasper Gelderen (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Sjon Hartman (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Eva Hellman (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Kerri Hunter (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Konstantinos Koudounas (University of Tours, France)

Javier Moreno (National University of Litoral-CONICET, Argentina)

Ananya Mukherjee (University of Nebraska, United States)

Lena Maria Müller (University of Miami, United States)

Madeleine Seale (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

Michael Skelly (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

Marc Somssich (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Tianhu Sun (Cornell University, United States)

Dhineshkumar Thiruppathi (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, United States)

Stefanie Wege (University of Adelaide, Australia)

Sophia Zebell (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, United States)

Wei Zhang (Kansas State University, United States)